AROUND 120 council workers joined a noisy lobby of Gloucester Labour council's meeting called to discuss the introduction of car parking charges. The council was discussing a motion put forward by the Liberal group calling for the £250 charge to be withdrawn. But the Labour councillors look set to continue with their policy.
The workers, members of UNISON, have campaigned hard for a yes vote in their ballot calling for strike action. There have been increasing numbers at the daily protest picket line outside the council offices and at the entrance to Castlemeads car park. The protest is because Gloucester council workers have been denied access to the works' car parks after their continued refusal to pay the car parking tax.
WORKERS IN Stockport social services department protested outside interviews for new youth offending team posts last week. They were demanding that management transfer workers already employed in youth justice into the new jobs. The protest, called by UNISON, forced management to cancel the interviews.
FIGHTING BUILDS the union. That is the lesson from Cardiff where some 250 people joined the council workers' UNISON union in the run up to last week's one day strike and march through the city. The city's Labour council has made a series of concessions following the strike over a reorganisation plan. But UNISON is demanding at least a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies. If that is not given further strikes are planned.